Women shouldn’t be in combat units! Only men are in combat units!
How many times have I heard this? Enough that I now just shake my head and chuckle.
That is why I put an ass-kicking female soldier in my novel, Paws on the Ground? Why is she “humping” on patrol with combat units?
News flash! Women make up 20% of our military and are all over combat zones. They are working side by side with historically all male combat units and are engaging the enemy on a daily basis. Woman just aren’t officially “assigned” to combat units. While the debate rages across the country, I guarantee you that on this very day there are female dog handlers leading infantry patrols in Afghanistan and I bet you they are doing a kick ass job.
Today’s combat is on an asymmetrical battlefield: the fight and dangers are all around you. There are no “front lines” when you are in Afghanistan.
If you have a moment check out this article written about my company in Baghdad in 2005. Three out of the five lieutenants in my company were woman. All are tremendous officers with six deployments, a purple heart, a bronze star with valor, and command of a company in combat among the three.
So who is Megan Jayburn from Paws on the Ground?
She’s your daughter, your sister, the girl next door. Just like them she could kick your ass! She’s an American soldier who is fighting in Afghanistan for your freedom.
Note: The photo above is Sergeant Zainah C. Creamer and her military working dog Jofa. Sergeant Creamer died of wounds sustained in a Taliban ambush in January of 2010 as she led an Army Infantry combat patrol with Jofa. Yes, I said she was leading an infantry patrol–a female Soldier and her dog. I will never forget this day. I received the notification at Headquarters, United States Forces – Afghanistan and knew immediately that she was the first female dog handler to be killed in action. It still chokes me up thinking about it. Jofa was not injured in the attack.
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